Two UCR Entomologists Honored

The Entomological Society of America has honored two UCR entomologists with awards. The 2013 awards will be presented at the society’s annual meeting in Austin, Texas, in November.

Richard Stouthamer, a professor of entomology, was honored with the Recognition Award in Entomology, which recognizes entomologists who are making significant contributions to agriculture. The award is sponsored by Syngenta Crop Protection.

Stouthamer is the author of more than 120 peer-reviewed papers and fifteen book chapters. During his Ph.D. studies at UCR, he discovered the involvement of Wolbachia bacteria in causing complete parthenogenesis in parasitoid wasps. Much of the work in his lab involves the application of molecular genetic tools to easily distinguish cryptic species and determine the area of origin of invasive species.

Timothy Paine, a professor of entomology, is the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching, presented annually to the member of the Entomological Society of America deemed to be the most outstanding teacher of the year.

Paine is a distinguished teaching professor in the Department of Entomology. His research contributions on insect herbivores of woody plants in urban landscapes and forest systems were recognized with both the Entomological Foundation’s Recognition Award in Urban Entomology and the Entomological Society of America’s Distinguished Achievement Award in Horticultural Entomology. He was recognized as a National Academies Education Fellow in the life sciences in 2008-09. Paine is a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and the Entomological Society of America.

UCR Alumnus Awarded Prestigious Scholarship

Louie F. Lacasella graduated from UCR as a double major in political science and history. He was recently named one of the recipients of the Wes McClure Scholarship from the California City Management Foundation.

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